The Acrobats

Living in a rat-infested hotel in Franco's post-war Spain, Andr Bennett, a Canadian painter, loves Toni, his girl friend, who wants him to return home. Roger Kraus, a Nazi on the run, shadows the young artist day and night. They meet on a bridge during the last night of the fiesta, and as the sky is shredded by exploding fireworks, the story draws to its violent climax. Originally published in 1954, The Acrobats marks Mordecai Richler's stunning debut as a novelist. From the Paperback edition.

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By Terry (Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · September 01, 2014
The Acrobats is about a group of ex-patriots and and native Spaniards living in Valencia in 1954. The events take place over a few days, and switches rapidly between this set of crisply drawn characters. Some are portraits in miniature, others mere sketches or representative types. There is Andre... ...more
By Raimo (Thunder Bay, ON, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · January 02, 2012
Interesting to read the first novel of a great author who had not yet found his voice. Aspects of it are autobiographical and, as the author himself has said, this is very much a "young man's novel". ...more
By Carlie (New Minas, NS, Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 20, 2013
I am over Mordecai Richler. It's a weird thing to say about a first novel, but I kind of read his oeuvre backwards, and spent a lot of years fangirling over him, but now that I'm older, and I've read so much of his fiction, I just feel like someone should have told him he was recycling the same c... ...more
By Ibis3 (Clarington, ON, Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · November 18, 2014
Confused and unsympathetic. A bunch of broken, sweaty people in post-war Spain sleep around, steal money from each other, drink a lot, and commit suicide or murder or flee or are arrested by the fascist government. Meh and more meh. ...more
By Michael (Calgary, AB, Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 16, 2012
This was an ok novel worth reading once ...more